aci_asia_pacific_logo_400x400INTERNATIONAL Asia Pacific and Middle East airports reported year-on-year passenger traffic increases of +8.4% and +3.8% respectively, according to new figures from ACI Asia-Pacific.

In Asia -Pacific, domestic passenger travels continued to stimulate growth in India with many airports reporting passenger traffic growth in excess of +20% compared to December 2015. Top performers included:  Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International in Calcutta (+37.7%), Goa International (+24.4%) and Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru in Bangalore (+23.6%).

In China  Kunming Changshui International was the best performer, up +15.4% year-on-year, ahead of  Xi’an Xianyang International (+15.1%) and  Tianjin Binhai International (+14.8%).

Elsewhere in the region, Kuala Lumpur International maintained its recovery momentum from a period of slow growth since 2014, posting +14.6% growth year-on-year. Hong Kong International was the only major hub in the region to record a decline (-0.8%) in October. However, that was caused largely by one-off flight reduction arrangements to accommodate the airport’s transition to a new air traffic management system.

The pace of passenger traffic growth in the Middle East appears to be slowing down against the backdrop of a more challenging market environment, ACI Asia-Pacific noted. Dubai International, the region’s largest hub, handled +2.7% more passengers than in October last year. Hamad International in Doha turned in an impressive +16.7% increase.

Top three performing airports by size category*
Passengers Freight
> 40M 25M to 40M 15M to 25M 5M to 15M
Beijing +5.1% Xi’an +15.1% Seoul Gimpo  +3.7% Calcutta  +37.7% Hong Kong
Tokyo Haneda +5.7% Tokyo Narita +4.5% Kansai
Osaka Itami +2.2% Shanghai Pudong +11.3%
Manila  +3.8% Brisbane +0.6% Busan
Incheon +10.6%

Source: ACI Asia-Pacific; *Size categories refer to the annual passenger traffic in the last 12 months